Pinotage is a mysterious grape in American wine culture, for now at least. We are trying to change that by importing a bit of Pinotage from our mountain vineyards and taking the time to introduce it to wine enthusiasts. Julia Crowley, the Food and Wine Editor at Eugene (Oregon) Daily News, an award-winning blogger and a former wine shop owner has tasted a lot of wines but she admittedly did not understand Pinotage, until she tasted ours. She tells the story in her review of Silkbush’s 2009 Pinotage.
My Thoughts on Pinotage are Forever Changed: Lion’s Drift Pinotage 2009
The first time I tried Pinotage (a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsaut), I was admittedly confused. It wasn’t at all what I expected. I was looking for specific characteristics; such as, cherries, red berries, smoke and earth. Instead I experienced bananas, band-aids and paint – I was awfully disappointed.
Pinotage is South Africa’s signature varietal, so I had high hopes – especially since other South African wines I had tried left impressive lasting memories with their pleasant aromas, nice acidity, great balance and solid structure. My thoughts on Pinotage went from hopeful to bleh.
My thoughts, however, were forever changed when I popped the cork on Silkbush Mountain Vineyards Lion’s Drift 2009 Pinotage. Read More…
We chose the Lions Drift brand name a few years back but awaited the appropriate moment for introduction with a proven and tested superior product. By 2008 we had sufficiently mature vines and were enjoying large enough crops that Silkbush could supply both our client wineries and have enough grapes available for wines under our own Lions Drift label.
In the interim, so many wine labels with animals on them came out that, as a grouping, the trade often refers to them as “critter wines.” However, we don’t think many will associate the noble Lion King, emblematic of Africa, with many little critters, as cute as they may be. Continue reading “Lions Drift: What’s it Mean?”→